SICSA DVF Professor Vigay Kumar; “A Security Shield for Medical Domain”

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Date(s) - 23/06/2017
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Heriot Watt University

SICSA is pleased to welcome Professor Vijay Kumar from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA to Heriot Watt University, Colin Maclaurin Building, Room CMS.01 on Friday 23 June to talk about “A Security Shield for Medical Domain””

Unlike non-medical data, the medical domain is relatively more vulnerable to security threats. Currently personal information such as social security number go for $35-$40 whereas a few bytes of patient medical record (PMR) go for $80-$100. Recently a number of hospitals in the USA and the UK were successfully hacked, some of which paid enormous amount of money to hackers to get their system back. This is one of the reasons cybersecurity has become a highly crowded research discipline. Note unlike non-medical data (resume, job history, salary, etc.), medical data is relatively omnipresent; in shopping mall, convenient stores, mobile hospitals, etc. In the USA, many convenient stores have urgent care or home treatment facilities, have dispensaries, etc. They deal with PMR (patient medical record) regularly and are easy target for hackers. They can mount software and hardware attack. The issues “can we ever manage to provide complete security to PMR?”

In this seminar, we take up this challenge and discuss innovative software and hardware approaches to answer this question. We do not focus on a particular current research scheme, rather we talk about our approaches: hardware and software.

The seminar will engage students, faculty and if possible medical professionals for a productive discussion.

Professor Vijay Kumar is a Curators’ Distinguished Research Professor. Computer Science, University of Missouri-Kansas City, U.S.A. His research areas are (a) Data Dissemination through Wireless Channels, (b) Mobile Database Systems (MDS), (c) Sensor Technology, (d) Information security, (e) Cloud computing and (f) Medical Informatics. A number of these projects have been funded by grants from National Science Foundation, HP labs, Sprint, St Lukes Hospital research Foundations, etc. He has 100+ refereed publications in ACM TODS, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TMC, ACM Communications, and national and international conferences. He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Next Generation Computing (IJNGC). He has written five books which have been published by John Wiley, Prentice Hall, and Kluwer. Prof. Kumar is a senior member of ACM and IEEE and ACM distinguished speaker. He has served as program chair, general chair, etc., on a number of ACM and IEEE international and national conferences. He has given a number of invited and keynote talks at various academic events (conferences, seminars, etc.)

The host of this SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow is Professor Albert Burger, Heriot Watt University.

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